The 4.5% sub-quota reserved for minorities in IITs will be merged with the OBC category, in view of the recent judgment of the Andhra Pradesh high court quashing the provision.
An official press release issued by IIT said: “In the absence of any further legal development before June 13, 2012, the judgment of the Andhra Pradesh high court will be implemented by ignoring the provision for reservation of 4.5% seats, and by converting seats meant for OBC (NCL)-minority community to OBC(NCL) category. All the shortlisted candidates are advised that availability of 4.5% reservation for OBC(NCL)-minority shall depend on legal developments till June 13. They may register the choice of their courses accordingly.”
“Those selected under this category should widen their choice for courses, so that a seat in IIT is ensured,” Dr G B Reddy, organising chairperson of IIT-JEE 2012, said.A total of 325 candidates were shortlisted under the sub-quota.